by Eleanor Broaddus, RN, CBHN, CN-BN
Lexington Clinic Center for Breast Care Nurse Navigator

1 out of every 8 women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.  This year alone, more than 40 thousand women will die from breast cancer. However alarming those numbers may be, the good news is that many of these deaths can be prevented with yearly screening mammograms.  

As important as mammograms are, only 67% of women ages 40 years and older have received one within the last two years. Common excuses about this procedure, including, "It hurts,” "I’m too young to get breast cancer,” "I hear it’s cold,” and "They’re too expensive,” keep women from having this simple procedure, which in some cases could be lifesaving.

Yearly screening mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early in most women, however. And detecting breast cancer early is key to fighting this disease. Not only is treatment more effective when the cancer is caught early, but early detection with mammograms also reduces the severity of treatment.

At Lexington Clinic’s Center for Breast Care (CBC), mammograms are recommended each year for women beginning at age 40, because this course saves the most lives. Also, the Lexington Clinic CBC recommends women as young as 20 years old should begin receiving clinical breast examinations at their yearly physical and conduct regular self-examinations.

**For instructions on self-examinations, please click here.

If at any point a woman, or her primary care physician, detects a new breast lump, an appointment at the Lexington Clinic CBC should be made for further testing. To make an appointment at the CBC for your annual mammogram or for further testing, or to receive more information on breast health, please call (859) 258-4444 today.
Eleanor Broaddus, RN, CBHN, CN-BN, is the nurse navigator at Lexington Clinic’s Center for Breast Care. Eleanor brings more than 35 years of nursing experience to her role as Nurse Navigator. Working as a patient advocate, she is involved in the regularly scheduled Breast Care Conference working with physicians from disciplines that include Mammography, Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Surgery. A valuable liaison between physician and patient, she maintains communication as a patient advocate to Lexington Clinic's Center for Breast Care